Katie Marie is a certified yoga teacher, an Aquarius who LOVES savasana, laughing until her belly hurts with family and friends, and vacationing anywhere with sunshine. She is a 2015 graduate of Anjali Power Yoga’s Teacher Training program.
Q: When did you start practicing yoga and why?
A: I started practicing yoga one year ago. I am always looking for something new and usually open to try almost anything when it comes to fitness. It was Yoga's turn! I wanted to try this because I had lost almost all flexibility. I was a gymnast for 11 years and my body made shapes I could not even get back if I tried and this was hard to grasp. I wanted to not only try something new but gain flexibility..in my body and my mind.
Q: What is your favorite pose and why?
A: My favorite pose is savasana. It sounds funny at first but it's the truth! I think it is amazing that this is a necessity in every single class. It is something to always look forward to (although that's not being fully present). I like that you can push your limits and then get the well deserved 5 minute complete relaxation to conclude. It's a feeling of relief and accomplishment.
Q: Why did you sign up for Anjali Power Yoga’s Teacher Training program and did you want to teach when you signed up?
A: Every New Years my resolution is to become a better person, or be a better me. I signed up for Anjali Teacher Training for that reason. It fit perfect with my winter schedule and felt so right. After signing up about two weeks before the first training weekend, I met with Cheryl to go over everything. Once we got to talking, she couldn't believe I had never even practiced at Anjali once! I trusted that this was the place to be... and it is.
Q: What inspired you to become a yoga teacher? If you never planned to be a teacher, what during the training inspired you to be a teacher?
A: I was inspired to become a yoga teacher by someone (now a fellow co-worker) who taught with so much passion and good energy. I remember thinking during one of her packed classes "I want this. I want to make an impact on people's lives. I could do this." When I told her I was thinking about signing up for teacher training and explained I was a little nervous because of how inexperienced I was, she told me that even if that class was my very first yoga class I had ever taken, she would still tell me to do the training (which she did a few years back). That was all I needed to know.
Q: What do you find rewarding about being a yoga teacher?
A: I find the connection to my students one of the most rewarding parts of being a yoga teacher. I love every "namaste" at the end of class because we are honoring ourselves and each other. I am happy for myself that I lead a group of people, but I am also happy for my students that they brought themselves and put in the work. My goal is to become the best yoga teacher I can be and make a positive impact on people's lives.
Q: What advice would you give to people interested in the Anjali Power Yoga Teacher Training program?
A: Advice I would give to anyone with even the slightest interest in teacher training is DO IT! "Even if you've only practiced yoga once I would still tell you to go through with it." :) Yoga is for every body. Be an open book and learn all that you can about yourselves and each other.
Q: What do you like about teaching at Anjali Power Yoga and the Anjali community?
A: Teaching at Anjali doesn't feel like a typical job. It is fun, inviting and warm (literally). In a lot of my classes I urge the students to smile, play around, try something new... and they do. The community is amazing and genuine. Seeing almost all of my friends from teacher training warms my heart and I always seem to have the best practices when they are teaching. Good vibes, man!
Students can take Katie Marie’s classes every Monday and Wednesdays at 4pm in the Westmont Studio. Have you been thinking about signing up for Anjali’s Yoga Teacher Training? We are having a complimentary question and answer session on Tuesday, November 10 from 8:30-9:30pm. Come by and find out more and meet the Empowerment Team. Light refreshments will be served.